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#17 UGA Softball Sweeps #21 Aggies in College Station

Will Morrison

This past weekend, Tony Baldwin and his team swept a three-game series against #21 Texas A&M in College Station. 

Madison Kerpics got the nod on the mound for the Dawgs in game one on Friday. The Georgia offense started hot, scoring 4 runs in the top of the first, with RBI singles from Sydney Kuma, Jaiden Fields, and Marisa Miller. Kerpics started the game strong but was taken out for Shelby Walters after giving up 4 runs to even the game up at 4 in the 3rd inning. Kerpics' final stat line was 3.0 IP, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. The Aggies added one more after an RBI double in the 4th inning to take a 5-4 lead. That would be the only run Walters would give up the rest of the day, as she only allowed 1 run on 3 hits through 4.0 IP. The UGA offense then came to life, scoring a run in each of the remaining innings to win the game 7-5. Sydney Chambley and Jaiden Fields both hit solo home runs, which helped secure the win for the Bulldogs. 

In game two of the series, the UGA and Aggie offenses matched each other in the early innings and were tied 3-3 after 3 innings. All three runs for the Dawgs came from solo shots from Jaiden Fields, Sara Mosley, and Lyndi Rae Davis. The Aggies hit a 2-run homer in the bottom 3rd to even the game up at 3 going into the 4th inning. Kerpics was also the starter for this game, and she went 3.0 IP giving up 3 runs on 3 hits before being taken out for Shelby Walters. The Bulldogs added one run in the top of the 6th inning following another home run from third baseman Sara Mosley to take a 4-3 lead. In the home 6th, the Aggies were able to take a 5-4 lead after some timely hitting from the A&M offense. In the final inning, the Dawgs had the bases loaded with one out, and Jaydyn Goodwin hit a 2-run RBI single to give Georgia a 6-5 lead. Walters kept Texas A&M scoreless to give the Dawgs their second win of the weekend.

The last game of this series was an all-around perfect game from the Dawgs. Madison Kerpics got the final start and was terrific on the mound allowing only 1 hit through 6.0 IP. The UGA offense stayed hot as Jaydyn Goodwin blasted a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Sara Mosley had an RBI single in the 5th inning to extend the Georgia lead to 4-0, but then the UGA offense scored 4 more in the 6th inning, putting the game in mercy rule territory. The runs came from the bats of Jaiden Fields, Sydney Chambley, and Jaydyn Goodwin. Both Fields and Chambley had 1 RBI, while Goodwin had 2. Kerpics was able to keep the Aggies from scoring to secure an 8-0 mercy rule victory in the 6th inning. 

On the year, the Dawgs have a combined batting average of .338 and an OPS of 1.020. They have scored 204 runs on the year on 276 hits, with 48 being home runs. Jayda Kearney leads the team in hits with 33 and also has the highest batting average hitting .393 on the year. Senior Sara Mosley leads the Dawgs in home runs with 11 and RBIs with 32. 

Shelby Walters and Madison Kerpics have been stellar on the mound for UGA this season. Walters has an ERA of 1.45 through 86.2 IP, with her W-L at 11-1. Kerpics has pitched 77.1 innings and has an ERA of 1.63, and her W-L is 9-4. If the Dawgs can keep their one-two punch of pitchers hot throughout the year, this team could make a run toward the Women's College World Series. 

This series improves the UGA season record to 24-6 and their SEC record to 5-1. The Dawgs are currently on a 5 game-win streak and will look to continue that against Kennesaw State on Wednesday. This weekend Mississippi State comes to Athens for a three-game series starting Friday Night. The first pitch for Friday's game is at 6:30 PM EST at Turner Softball Stadium.



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